Text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish and receive three possible vaccination sites in your area, with phone numbers to call for an appointment.
If you need help, call the PA Department of Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Kids 5 to 11
The free COVID-19 vaccine is FDA-authorized and CDC-recommended for kids 5 to 11. It’s as safe as other childhood vaccines. Call your pediatrician if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pennsylvania vaccine providers, including pediatricians, primary care physicians, family doctors, pharmacies, large retailers, federally qualified health centers and grocery stores, are able to schedule appointments and administer the vaccine immediately according to CDC guidance. Many vaccine pre-orders have already been delivered with more expected in the coming days and weeks.
Vaccines are the best way to protect your child from the worst effects of COVID-19. Give your child the power to learn, play, and be a kid.
Vax Facts: Pediatric Vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 were just announced. We know you have questions. With so much information – and misinformation out there - access to reliable, trusted sources can help you make the best decision for you and your family.
That’s why on Nov. 12 at 2 PM, the PA Department of Health is excited to convene a Facebook Live panel of leading Pennsylvania-based medical professionals to answer questions related to the pediatric vaccine, how to get it, and why it is likely the right decision for your child.
The conversation will be moderated by Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson.
Have questions? We have answers! Submit questions in advance to VaxFacts@pa.gov.
Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available:
For people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
What to Bring to Your Booster Appointment
At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.
If you lost or did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot to find out how you can get a card. You can also contact the PA Department of Health to request your immunization records.
COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes clinical trials and studies in young children and adolescents. To find out more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, please visit the CDC’s website.